Friday, 19 October 2018

19/10/18


Happy Friday!

Only one more week to go! I cannot believe we have almost finished our first half term - how fast the time has flown by.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday – if for whatever reason you are unable to make your appointment please call or email ahead and we will arrange another appointment.

This week:
As a whole school we have been celebrating differences. Little Heath have aimed to raise the awareness, tolerance and acceptance of the many differences that exist between people in different ways. I have been so impressed with the levels of acceptance and maturity the children have demonstrated, you should be incredibly proud that you have raised such accepting children. Year 3 really are an asset to the school and wider society.

English – We have now finished our instruction writing module. I’m sure most of you have had a chance to look at the wonderful cocktails we have made in Year 3. We then wrote instructions to James Bond with our instruction to help him throw his super-secret spy cocktail party. 

Maths – we have been comparing, ordering and understanding place value of 2- and 3-digit numbers; subtracting from 2-digit numbers.

Next week:
Maths - Subtracting from 2-digit numbers; using prediction to estimate calculations; end of term maths assessments.

English – (Poetry limericks) Recite familiar limericks by heart.

Science – Animals diets.

D&T - Make greeting card from our own design.

Geography - Research specific countries. Children to research information about country and present. (Population/location in relation to the world/capital city/ weather etc.)

RE- Christian festivals (Easter/Christmas).

ICT - E-safety. Using the internet to research topic and transfer information onto a document.

PSHE – Mindfulness.

Spellings
(Focus homophones)
Brake                        Son
Break                        Sun
Grate                        Pour
Great                        Poor
Eight                         Some
Ate                            Sum
Weight                     Write
Wait                          Right

I look forward to seeing you all next week. 

Have a great weekend. 

Miss N Davis 
ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cocktails!


As part of our instruction writing we have made our very own cocktails. We will be writing instructions on how to make these fantastic creations tomorrow.














































Friday, 12 October 2018

12/10/18


Good afternoon,

Parent consultation:
I have sent the children home with the parent consultation appointment times. Should you not receive this or be unable to make your appointment then please email me as soon as possible. (ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk)

This week:
Maths – we were looking at the properties of 3D shapes; comparing, ordering and understanding place value of 2- and 3-digit numbers; subtracting from 2-digit numbers.

English – we have been looking at writing instructions. We have been identifying instruction texts, identifying imperial verbs and looking at time conjunctions within instructions.

Science – we were looking at animals and their diets. This included sorting animals into categories of carnivore, herbivore and omnivores into a Venn diagram. 

Next week
Maths - Comparing, ordering and understanding place value of 2- and 3-digit numbers; subtracting from 2-digit numbers; using prediction to estimate calculations

English – We will be continuing our instruction writing. Within this week the children will be designing, making and writing instructions for making cocktails.

Celebrating differences - Next week in school we are holding a themed week around celebrating differences. Through this we hope to raise the awareness, tolerance and acceptance levels of the children, of the many differences that exist between people in different ways eg. skin colour, religion, sexual orientation.

We will be covering all of these topics through a variety of activities and stories involving all of the children in the creation of a ‘moving art’ piece to represent celebrating differences. This will be similar to what we did during last year’s ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ and will be uploaded onto the website so you can all see it.

Spellings
(Focus GPC words)
Trade                                          
Alien
Sale                                           Baby
Flame                                       Apron
Paste                                         Basic
Contain                                    Straight
Detail                                       Playground
Vein                                           Because


PE: 
Tuesday afternoon's PE will be moved to Wednesday for next week only. 



I hope you have a great weekend.

Miss Davis




Friday, 5 October 2018

05/10/18


Happy Friday! 

This week in year 3 has flown by. Thank you to all who have returned the parent consultation reply slip, if I could have all of those in ASAP that would be fantastic. I am allocating slots and I will try my very best to accommodate to all of your needs. Should you not be able to attend the allocated slot, let me know via email and I will aim to find another day or time which could accommodate you. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to bring in a food donation for harvest - you have donated to a great cause. 

Polite notice: 
Some of the children have been bringing in pencil toppers in the form of monsters or animals to sit upon their pencil. Unfortunately, this has led to activities such as children fiddling with these during class and now these toppers are ultimately distracting the children from their learning. I hate to be Captain No-fun but I have informed the children that from Monday they will no longer be able to have these in class. 

This week: 
English - We have now finished our script writing and I have been so impressed by the content of work I have seen. We have improvised scenes from familiar stories and written and performed those scripts in pairs. Today we finished up our session with the children writing their very own scripts. I'm really excited to read these.

Maths- Our main focus this week in mathematics has been time. This has been a very abstract concept for the children and we will be revisiting this again. We were looking at understanding calendars, including days, weeks, months, years and telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes on analogue and digital clocks. Again, if you could teach your child at home how to tell the time this would be a great help for when we next revisit this. 

Science - Our focus this week was balanced diets and healthy living. The children enjoyed learning about all the different food groups and what they consist of. Then children then completed an 'eatwell plate' to demonstrate their knowledge of the different food groups. 


Spellings
(Focus GPC words)
Made                                          Paid            
Taste                                         Again
Brave                                        Wait
Scrape                                      Explain
Waste                                      Complain                                        
Weigh                                      Paint 
Weight                                    Maintain
Eight                                          Remain


Next week’s focus

English – Instruction writing

Maths – Know the properties of 3D shapes; comparing, ordering and understanding place value of 2- and 3-digit numbers; subtracting from 2-digit numbers.

Religious Education – Introduction to Christianity.

Geography – Identify human and physical features in a particular country.

D&T- Designing greeting cards – initial concept.

Science – Diets of animals.

PSHE – Making responsible decisions.

Spanish – How are you and responses.

ICT - Font editing in Word. 

PE- Mr Mills has asked me to remind you all that most of the PE lessons are taking place outside so if you could ensure that the children have appropriate clothing to accommodate for the outside weather. 

I hope you and the children have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all soon! 

Miss N Davis 
ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk

Friday, 28 September 2018

28/09/18


Hello everyone!

Another busy week of learning, the children are really settling into their routines now. A great transition from year 2 to 3 so far. 

This week:
English – We have all become Oscar-worthy actors this week with our new knowledge on script writing and performing. The children are able to use body language, facial expressions and voice to portray a character. We have also written scripts as a class and next week we will be moving onto writing our own scripts.

Maths – We have been looking at multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 4 and 3 times-tables. At times we have made this very visual by using arrays to solve these calculations. We then moved on doubling and halving 2-digit numbers and were able to demonstrate how we got to our answers.

Science – This week in science we were looking at muscles and how they work to move our bodies. The children now know facts about our muscles, can identify muscles and explain how muscles work in tandem.

Spellings
(Focus contractions)
Does not – Doesn’t                                             I am – I’m
Cannot – Can’t                                                   Has not – Hasn’t
Will not – Won’t                                                 Would have – would’ve
Do not – Don’t                                                    Could have – Could’ve  
I have – I’ve                                                                     
                                               
Next week’s focus

English – Continuing script writing and performing a play.

Maths – Know and understand the calendar, including days, weeks, months, years; tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes on analogue and digital clocks; know the properties of 3D shapes. [Any pre-learning with the children will help this week’s maths, time is quite an abstract concept].

Religious Education – Islamic festivals and celebrations (continuation).

Geography – Locating major capital cities of the world.

D&T- Designing greeting cards (researching different pop up cards).

Science – Balanced diet.

PSHE – Rewards and consequences.

Spanish – Greetings and counting (continued).


Book Fayre
Book Fayre will be continuing after school on Monday and Tuesday in the dining hall. Hope to see you there!

Harvest Festival
Unfortunately, as the hall is still out of use there will be no harvest festival this Friday. What we are doing this year is donating food to a local charity. This is such a great cause and I hope that if you can, you will join me in donating food. [The children may bring in food throughout the week and we will start a Y3 collection].

School Photographs
Smile! Next Monday will be individual (and family group) photographs. Winter uniform is preferred but not essential.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Miss N Davis
ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk

Friday, 21 September 2018

21/09/18


Hello all!

We have had a great week in year 3 this week.

This week:

English – We have finished our topic and the children have written their very own fable. These were great and the children really enjoyed acting about their fables, which will lead onto our next focus in English – script writing.

Maths – We have been looking at place value and comparing and ordering 2- and 3- digit numbers as well as counting on and back in 10s and 1s to solve addition and subtraction calculations.

Science – We have been identifying and grouping animals with and without skeletons. We were also looking at the differences between endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons.

PE
The children have PE:

Tuesday 14:15 – 15:15 (football)
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00
Friday 10:10 – 10:40

As we currently are unable to use the hall due to building work most of the PE lessons are taking place outside. Please ensure the children have appropriate clothing to accommodate for the outside weather.

Music
The children are learning to play the recorder in their music lessons. They are having their recorder sent home so they can practise. Please ensure the children bring their recorder back in on Friday.


Spellings
(Focus prefixes)
Happy – Unhappy                                      Like – Dislike
Lucky – Unlucky                                         Obey – Disobey
Dress – Undress                                         Honest – Dishonest
Well – Unwell                                              Please – Displease
Usual – Unusual                                         Appear – Disappear

Please teach children the root word and then how it changes with its prefix

Next week’s focus

English – Script writing and performing a play.

Maths – Know multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 4 and 3 times-tables; doubling and halving.

Religious Education – Islamic festivals and celebrations.

Geography – Key geographical features of each continent.

D&T- An introduction to design.

Science – Muscles and movement.

PSHE – Rights and responsibility.

Spanish – Greetings and counting.

Book Fayre
Book Fayre will start after school on Thursday in the dining hall.

Hope you all have a restful weekend,

Miss N Davis
ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk

Friday, 14 September 2018

14/09/2018


Hello all!

Yet another great week had by all in year 3, the children are really settling into their new routine.

This week:
Maths - we have been exploring numbers, number bonds and patterns within addition and subtraction.

English – we have been reading and retelling fables. The children are now able to identify what makes a fable and can understand and identify morals within those stories.

Science – as some of you may have noticed we have had a visitor in this week, our very own class skeleton! The children were absolutely fascinated by this and we really enjoyed learning about the human skeleton. They are able to identify different bones and discuss their purpose as well as knowing other facts about the human skeleton.

ICT – during ICT we were getting used to logging onto a laptop and typing on the programme Word. The children really enjoyed this. If you have a laptop/PC at home, if you could allow your child to go onto Word (or related programme) to improve fluency of typing and navigating the programme this would help with children’s progression within ICT.

Art- the children had a fascinating discussion around the question what is art? We then went onto designing our firework posters which we will be creating next week.

Geography – the children were exploring the continents of the world and identifying.

R.E – this week within R.E the children explored and discussed what religion is and what it is to them. We then produced a mind map after this discussion. We will be going onto exploring Islam and Christianity.

PSHE – Within PSHE we were getting to know each other and the children also meditated during their session.

MFL – For our first Spanish lesson we had an introduction to Spain. We located Spain on a map, learnt some facts about Spain as well as listening to Spanish music. The children can now say hello and their name in Spanish.

Next week’s focus
English – Fables. A continuation of fables and creating our own fable.

Maths – Compare and order 2- and 3- digit numbers; count on and back in 10s and 1s; add and subtract 2-digit numbers; solve problems using place value.

Religious Education – Introduction to Islam.

Geography – Locating countries on a map.

Art- Firework poster.

Science – Identifying and grouping animals with and without skeletons.

PSHE – School positivity.

Spanish – Greetings and counting.

PE
Tuesday 14:15 – 15:15 (football)
Thursday 11:00 – 12:00
Friday 10:10 – 10:40
As we currently are unable to use the hall due to building work most of the PE lessons are taking place outside. Please ensure the children have appropriate clothing to accommodate for the outside weather.

Spellings
(Focus: suffixes)
Walk – Walks – Walked – Walking
Run – Runs – Running
Skip – Skips – Skipped – Skipping
Smile – Smiles – Smiled – Smiling
Bake – bakes – baked – baking

Please teach children the root word and then how the how it changes with its suffix.


I hope you all have a great weekend!

N Davis
ndavis@littleheath.herts.sch.uk

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